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Monday, September 7, 2009

Avery Dennison Shares Thoughts on Lean

Some of you may be familiar with Avery Dennison. I have been fortunate to visit a couple of their facilities looking at their Lean implementation over the years. For those of you who are not familiar with them you can find a brief description below:

Avery Dennison is a global leader in pressure-sensitive technology, retail apparel ticketing and branding systems, consumer and office products and self-adhesive materials. Every day millions of people all over the world see Avery Dennison innovation in thousands of products. From beverage labels and personalized binders to retail tags and vehicle graphics - Avery Dennison products are everywhere you look.

Recently, Dean A. Scarborough, President and CEO, took time to explain Avery Dennison’s view of excellence and service (2 of their 6 values) in a video. This is what they call Enterprise Lean Sigma. It is defined as process and execution excellence, delivering exceptional quality and service that exceeds customer expectations everyday.

They seem to have a strong understanding of Lean and give a wonderful overview. It makes you wonder how your company defines it’s values.

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